From their first few weeks of life and through their years, regular veterinary exams are an essential part of your cat's health. Preventive care helps identify serious medical issues before treatment becomes more difficult. At Pine Meadow Veterinary Hospital, our veterinarian that examines your pet will perform a comprehensive physical during all wellness visits, verify that they are up-to-date on vaccines, and check with you about any current concerns. Our Yorktown veterinary clinic on the George Washington Memorial Highway is easy to access from Newport News and Hampton.
What to Expect During a Wellness Exam
A routine check-up begins with several questions based on your cat's age and overall health. The focus of this visit is preventive care, and the vet will test their eyesight, hearing, reflexes, teeth, gums, and temperature. They will also weigh them to verify they are a healthy weight. If your pet's overweight, the veterinarian will help you find a weight loss plan and offer tips for feeding and exercise. Following a full physical exam, the vet may update vaccinations, seek additional screenings, or suggest an earlier follow-up visit if there were any concerns during the visit.
Similar to humans, many diseases that can harm your feline companion are preventable through vaccinations. Most U.S. states require a rabies vaccine for all cats and dogs every 12-months. There is no cure for rabies, a viral infection that any warm-blooded animal can carry and transmit to other animals and even humans.
Feline panleukopenia is almost always fatal. The first vaccination is given in three doses over one year, and after the initial dosing sequence, each additional one is valid for three years. Another disease that significantly shortens cats lives is feline leukemia, a viral condition that spreads between cats by saliva, blood, urine, and other bodily fluids.
Additional Wellness Screening Options
Your veterinarian may suggest other tests to verify your pet's health. These screenings answer questions your cat can't and may vary by their age and overall health. Examples include:
- Complete blood count (CBC)
- Heartworm test
- Feline Leukemia/Feline AIDS test
- Parasite fecal exam
- Diabetes test
- Thyroid exam
Some annual or semiannual tests your vet may require if they meet specific risk assessments such as the heartworm test for cats that go outside in areas with high rates of parasitic diseases.
Is Your Pet Due For Their Annual Check-Up?
If your cat's under the age of seven and hasn't been to see a veterinarian in over 12-months, it's time for a wellness exam. Cats over seven are seniors and should be seen twice a year. Call 757-599-3326 to schedule Pine Meadow Veterinary Hospital, conveniently located at 1403 George Washington Memorial Highway near Newport News and Hampton to schedule preventive care with our caring and qualified veterinary staff.